I went back to work after being a full-time mom. Here's what I did wrong.

I went back to work after being a full-time mom. Here's what I did wrong.
For blog updates and cute puppy pics, follow @natcmatthews on Instagram. I returned to full-time work (from home) last week for the first time since April, after taking more than a month off and working part-time for the month of June. I’m very lucky that my company allowed me the time off and that I got to... Read more »

How I kicked my quarantine bad habit

How I kicked my quarantine bad habit
For blog updates and cute puppy pics, follow @natcmatthews on Instagram. Let’s talk bad habits. A few months ago, we all lost the structure of our daily lives and had to start rebuilding new routines from scratch. For many of us, it was easy to either fall into old habits or develop new “bad” habits.... Read more »

Pandemic Parenting: The childcare struggle continues

Pandemic Parenting: The childcare struggle continues
My almost two-year-old and I have been taking a lot of walks. Last week I logged 8 miles in one day, and coming from someone who never jumped on the 10k-steps-a-day bandwagon, well…that’s a lot. Anyway, I’ve found that around 10 a.m. in my neighborhood, there is what I like to call the stroller parade.... Read more »
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Quarantine Fatigue: The 7 Things You're Sick of Right Now

Quarantine Fatigue: The 7 Things You're Sick of Right Now
Coronavirus. We’re over it, right? Quarantine fatigue. It’s happening to you, it’s happening to me, and it’s happening to our dogs. Just kidding, the dogs LOVE quarantine! Those of us who have been cooped up since mid-March are starting to get the appeal of the neighbors down the block who’ve refused to wear masks this... Read more »

Can 2020 still be a year we want to remember?

Can 2020 still be a year we want to remember?
With all that’s going on across our country, it’s hard to think straight, let alone be mindful, present and grateful for each day (or whatever your meditation app of choice is telling you to be). As I recently learned in my daughter’s book about planets, we don’t feel the earth spinning, because we are spinning... Read more »

Pandemic Parenting: What is motherhood right now?

Pandemic Parenting: What is motherhood right now?
A few months before this whole coronavirus mess, I was in Washington, D.C. taking an early morning yoga class when the instructor explained how he was actively trying to embrace the concept that he “gets” to do certain things, rather than complaining about things he “has” to do. He gets to teach yoga, he gets to... Read more »
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The not-so-bad plight of the working parent during COVID-19

The not-so-bad plight of the working parent during COVID-19
Hi guys. It’s been a while. I’m still dancing when I can, and now I even have a little mini me dancer of my own, but that’s not what I’m writing about today. If you were expecting something dance-related, please see this piece from simpler times, when the Joffrey Ballet was still doing their good... Read more »

5 Things You Need to Know About "An American in Paris"

5 Things You Need to Know About "An American in Paris"
My husband loves history and I love dance, so what better date night than going to see a musical that combines the two? “An American in Paris” is the Broadway hit based on the 1951 movie set in post-WWII Paris that follows the story of a handful of men (yes there’s an American or two... Read more »

The New Nutcracker: There is no Sugar Plum Fairy, and I'm OK with that

The New Nutcracker: There is no Sugar Plum Fairy, and I'm OK with that
I’ve been attending the Joffrey’s Nutcracker since I moved to Chicago in 2009. It’s always been special – the warm, gilded light of the Auditorium Theatre, the familiar Tchaikovsky score, Chicago’s finest ballerinas – they all came together to transcend you straight into a holiday wonderland. Yes, it’s always been transcending, but this year, for the... Read more »
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My Q&A with 42nd Street's Caitlin Ehlinger

My Q&A with 42nd Street's Caitlin Ehlinger
Arguably one of the best dance musicals of all time, Broadway in Chicago’s 42nd Street opens tomorrow night at Cadillac Palace Theater. Caitlin Ehlinger plays Peggy Sawyer, the starry-eyed young dancer who shows up in New York City in 1933 to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady. When the lead suffers an injury,... Read more »